Start with Conservative Treatment for Bunion/Bunionette Deformities
By: PPMA Board Member Steven Chen, DPM
A Bunion, medically known as hallux abducto valgus, is an orthopedic structural deformity that causes the bone behind the big toe to protrude. There are several causes for a Bunion deformity; the most common cause is over-pronation of the foot. The foot rolling inward weakens the ligaments and muscles causing the 1st metatarsal to shift, creating an over-growth bony deformity on the medial side of foot. Other factors that can lead to the formation of Bunions include trauma, having flat feet, wearing high heel shoes, as well as some hereditary factors.